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December 2011

What’s New · e-Readers

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Thinking of buying a Nook or Sony Reader for the book lover on your holiday shopping list? You aren't alone—e-readers are expected to be one of the hot gift of the holiday season! Now's a great time to buy—prices are dropping, lots of new devices have hit the market, and the selection of downloadable books has exploded.

When it comes to picking the right device, however, the choices can be overwhelming. To take some of the confusion out of your shopping experience, here are some of the questions customers have been asking our staff:

Can I download library books to an e-reader?

Absolutely! Our Downloadables Collection includes thousands of ebooks that can be checked out and transferred to devices such as the Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, and Android smartphones.

What kind of titles are in the Library’s collection?

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A wide variety of bestselling titles from well-known authors. The rotating slideshow on our ebooks webpage is a great way to stay up-to-date on new additions to our collection. And the best part? Downloadable ebooks are available 24/7! No late fees!

What kind of e-readers are compatible with the Library’s downloadables collection?

Well-known names include the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire, the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and Kobo. A complete list of compatible ebook readers is available on the Downloadables website.

What kind of e-reader should I buy?

Here are some useful buyer’s guides:

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What about the iPad?

The OverDrive Media Console app, which is optimized for iPads, is available in the App Store, and can be installed on Apple devices running iOS v4.0 (or newer).

And smartphones?

Absolutely! Overdrive Media Console apps are available for iPhones, Androids, Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerries.

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I’ve never downloaded an ebook from the Library before. How do I get started?

Spend some time reviewing the content on our ebook webpage. There, you’ll find a “New User’s Guide for eBooks”, tips for searching our catalog, FAQs, and slideshows showcasing new additions to our collection. Also, throughout January and February, programs about working with our downloadables collection will be held throughout the library system.

What happens if I have technical questions or problems?

Contact your local branch and our staff will be happy to assist you!